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Junior School News

From the Director of Waterford, Gabrielle Smith

ducklings in the learning hub

Maroubra Fun Run

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, 6 November – Year 7 2020 Orientation Day at the Senior School
  • Thursday 14 November – Waterford Music Festival – PAC (Senior School) – 5.45pm
  • Friday 29 November – Year 6 Excursion to Wet n Wild
  • Friday 29 November – Junior School Reports Home
  • Wednesday 4 December – Presentation Day Years 5, 7, & 8 – 10am to 12pm – Junior boys will be dismissed at 12 noon. If boys have an older brother who is attending the Presentation Day for Year 9, 10, 11 & 12 (1pm to 3pm) they may join their parents at this event.
  • Wednesday 4 December – Final Day of Term 4 – Dismissal 12pm.

Year 6 Graduation

Date: Thursday 28 November 

Time: 5:30pm

Venue: Mary Immaculate Church followed by supper at the Junior School. 

A more formal invitation will follow in the coming weeks.  

 

World Teachers’ Day

On Friday we celebrated World Teachers’ Day. We took this opportunity to thank the teachers of Waverley for their hard work, skill, kindness and commitment to supporting the students in their care. It was lovely reading some of the heartfelt messages the boys had written to their teachers.

It is always wonderful to see teachers’ recognised for the work they do. On Saturday morning at the Waverley Junior School basketball matches a past student of Mr Harris’ came down to the courts to speak with him. This student wanted to thank and acknowledge Mr Harris for all the support and encouragement he had given him throughout his time in the Junior School. As a teacher, to know you have had such a positive impact on a child is incredibly rewarding. 

 

ICAS

Congratulations to the following boys on their achievements in the 2019 ICAS Writing Competition:

Year 5 Merit

  • Parker Campbell
  • William Elliott

Year 5 Credit 

  • Aidan Carpenter
  • Charlie Coutts
  • Jethro Jensen
  • Jordan Zitser

Year 6 Merit

  • Sebastian Ari
  • Fox Stapleton

Year 6 Credit

  • Harry Ballesty
  • Tom Donaldson
  • Archie Godby

Maroubra Fun Run

On Sunday, 27 October nine Waverley Junior School Boys participated in the Maroubra Fun Run at Maroubra. The boys came 3rd overall in the Primary School 4km run category out of 182 primary schools. Maddox Whitby took first place, with a time of 17:38 minutes followed by Peter Soumilas in 18:23 minutes. A big well done to all the following boys who also took part in the run:

  • Angus Peshos (20:42)
  • Bailey Gosbell (21:51)
  • George Ohalloran (23:26)
  • Tyler Hull-Moody (25:59)
  • Kellee Campbell (26:22)
  • Archie Campbell (26:24)
  • Lochlan Smith (26:41)
  • Lachlan Gibbins (26:56)

Musica Viva

From Music Teacher, Michelle Rollins

Golden frogs, butterflies and whales. No – this is not science – it’s music! 

On Monday, October 21, we were delighted to host two performances presented by the touring ensemble, Zeeko. Zeeko are part of the wonderful Musica Viva in schools program. This program organises professional musicians to visit schools and share their music, stories and experiences with students. More importantly, these musicians share their music digitally with us in the months leading up to the performance so that on the day the boys can identify the instruments, understand the structure of the music and be part of the performance. The four songs featured in the performance were – The Butterfly Effect, The Last Wave of the Golden Frog, Deepest Blue and Eatin’ them old words. All of these songs highlighted environmental issues in an effective, creative and fun way.

The boys loved adding body percussion and movement to the performance as well as singing along (in both English and Spanish) when invited. Some of the interesting sounds from Zeeko included the waterphone, singing into bottles with varying amounts of water, guitar distortions, squeaky toys, cajons (box drums), drum kit, bass guitar and voices. The performers used sound to represent different areas of the world including the Icelandic glaciers, cloud forests of Costa Rica, African rainforests, Madagascar and the Cook Islands. 

One of my Year 6 music classes asked if I could organise the performers to come back and do the concert again – I think that means they really enjoyed it!

We look forward to working with Musica Viva again in 2020. 

Festival Of The Bands

From Year 6 Red Student, Thomas Read

The festival of the bands is a night once a year where the bands of Waverley college get together and perform with a special guest. The Festival of the bands this year was held on October 25 and the guest was John Morrison and the Morrison Trio. The Waterford concert band was lucky enough to perform on the night. It was a great night and I would highly suggest going attending it in 2020.

 

Lunchtime Talk

From Literacy and Innovation Teacher, Mrs Natasha Zivanovic

The Junior School boys enjoyed guest speaker Nikita Strbac on Friday 25 October. They gained an insight into Nikita’s dedication towards Water Polo and how to balance training, school, social & family life. Nikita spoke about representing Australia in Water Polo and the importance of setting goals, having role models, determination, good habits and even being faced with disappointment.

The boys were engaged during the session and asked many questions.

A huge thank you to Nikita for giving up his time to inspire the younger Waverley generation.

Our next guest speaker is Dougs Roberts who will be in on Friday 1 November to talk to the boys about country Australia and the current drought situation. 

If you would like to be a guest speaker, please contact me: nzivanovic@waverley.nsw.edu.au

Ducklings

I saw a softer side to the boys last week with the arrival of our ducklings.

This valuable hands on experience happening in our Learning Hub has promoted a sense of curiosity and has given the boys an insight to the responsibilities that come with life and new beginnings. 

We will be sad to farewell our ducks on Friday.